J.S. BACH: The Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1


Soprano Gillian Keith joins the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Armonico Consort under Christopher Monks for the first release in a three disc series featuring the solo cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach’s cantatas hold a special place amongst performers and devotees of his music. Whether sacred or secular, these works provide incredible variety for listeners and players alike. Some contain elements of storytelling similar to arias and recitatives from his great Passions; many have instrumental movements and solo passages that rival any of his concerti, and are indeed borrowed directly from some of the most famous. Not surprisingly, Bach’s cantatas are often incredibly virtuosic, demanding as much technical ability, style and understanding of the music as any of his other works.

This first release features the cantatas nos. 82a, 202 (the famous “Wedding Cantata”) and 210.

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Gillian Keith soprano

Armonico Consort

Christopher Monks director

Release date: 26th May 2017
Order code: SIGCD488
Barcode: 635212048825



Cantata, BWV 82a “Ich habe genug”

I. Aria: Ich habe genug

II. Recitative: Ich habe genug

III. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen

IV. Recitative: Mein Gott! wann kömmt das schöne: Nun!

V. Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod


Cantata, BWV 202 “Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten”

I. Aria: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten

II. Recitative: Die Welt wird wieder neu

III. Aria: Phoebus eilt mit schnellen Pferden

IV. Recitative: Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnügen

V. Aria: Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen

VI. Recitative: Und dieses ist das Glücke

VII. Aria: Sich üben im Lieben

VIII. Recitative: So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe

IX. Aria: sehet in Zufriedenheit


Cantata, BWV 210 “O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit”

I. Recitative: O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit

II. Aria: Spielet, ihr beseelten Lieder

III. Recitative: Doch, haltet ein, ihr muntern Saiten

IV. Aria: Ruhet hie, matte Töne

V. Recitative: So glaubt man denn, dass die Musik verführe

VI. Aria: Schweigt, ihr Flöten, schweigt, ihr Töne

VII. Recitative: Was Luft? was Grab?

VIII. Aria: Großer Gönner, dein Vergnügen

IX. Recitative: Hochteurer Mann, so fahre ferner fort

X. Aria: Seid beglückt, edle Beide